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IMF Downgrades 2015 Outlook For Global Growth

July 9, 2015 2:32 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics

The U.S. economy's stumble at the start of 2015 is dragging down the world's growth to the lowest level since the Great Recession, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.

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Diet Pepsi With Aspartame May Not Totally Disappear

July 9, 2015 2:27 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

The artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi is about to change, but fans of the old formula may still be able to get it.

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Report: Manufacturing Jobs Up Compared To Mid-2014

July 9, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector increased in the second quarter of 2015, led by growth in the production of computers, soft drinks and medical devices.

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Coty Buying 43 Beauty Brands From Procter & Gamble

July 9, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

Coty is buying 43 beauty brands from Procter & Gamble Co., including Miss Clairol, Covergirl and Max Factor.

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Report: Industrial Mergers Down Compared To 2014

July 9, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Merger activity in the global industrial sector declined in the first half of 2015 according to a newly released report from Mergermarket.

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Preserving Jobs, Pay Raises On Table As U.S. Auto Talks Open

July 9, 2015 11:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The day before hundreds of United Auto Workers delegates gathered to set strategy for contract talks with the Detroit Three, General Motors sent them a not-so-subtle message.

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Right-To-Work Bills Introduced In 16 States, But Enacted In Just One

July 9, 2015 11:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although lawmakers in 16 states introduced right-to-work bills, Wisconsin will likely be the only state to enact one, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline.

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GM Recalls Hummers To Fix Fan Controls That Can Overheat

July 9, 2015 11:04 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling more than 196,000 Hummer SUVs worldwide because the ventilation fan motor controls can overheat and start a fire.

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Contractor Dies At Dow Chemical Plant

July 9, 2015 11:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Authorities are investigating the death of a contractor at the Dow Chemical plant in Oyster Creek, Texas.

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Report: Manufacturers Must Adapt Commercial Operations To Changing Market

July 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report from PwC argues that manufacturers must make changes at every level of their commercial operations in order to keep up with increasingly sophisticated customers.

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Commerce Department Names 12 More Manufacturing Communities

July 8, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday named another 12 regions throughout the country to the agency's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program.

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Industrial Robotics Market To Reach $44B By 2020

July 8, 2015 2:56 pm | by Jake Meister, Digital Reporter

Various factors will help to drive the global industrial market improvements.

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New Overtime Rules Could Change How Employees Keep In Touch

July 8, 2015 2:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The new overtime rules could affect the smartphone-enabled practice of mobile working.

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Land Rover Recalls 65K SUVs In U.S. For Door Latch Problem

July 8, 2015 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Jaguar Land Rover is recalling about 65,000 SUVs in the U.S. because the doors may not latch properly and could open while being driven.

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Chemical Plants, Refineries Look To Hire Laid Off Oil Workers

July 8, 2015 2:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The nation's oil and gas refineries and chemical facilities hope to capitalize on recent layoffs toward the beginning of the energy supply chain.

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EPA Chief: Climate Plan On Track Despite Mercury Ruling

July 8, 2015 10:40 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said. 

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General Mills Plans Major Move Toward Cage-Free Eggs

July 8, 2015 10:37 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press

Food maker General Mills announced a major move toward cage-free eggs Tuesday as part of an updated animal welfare policy that now extends throughout its global supply chain.

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Boeing: Ex-Im Bank Needed To Compete Globally

July 8, 2015 10:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Officials from Boeing Co. touted the importance of the U.S. Export-Import Bank as it delivered the first plane in its new aircraft line.

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Former Toyota Exec Won't Be Charged Following Drug Arrest

July 8, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Japanese authorities will not charge a former Toyota executive following a drug arrest last month, according to media reports.

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Wristbands Detect Exposure To Dozens Of Everyday Chemicals

July 8, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Wristbands developed by Oregon researchers detected everyday exposure to a slew of potentially harmful chemicals over the course of one week.

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